7 tried-and-true little splurges for your downtime
by Annie Schoening
Get into the groove
You don't have to be a gadget hound to like JBL's sleek Spyro speakers. They plug into iPods and computers, have one-touch volume control, and add a burst of color to any countertop. (About $130; harmanaudio.com)
"I'm amazed such powerful, clear sound could come from such small speakers! I use them every day to dance with my kids."
—Darlene Plochocki, mom of Miles and Elliot, 13 months, Phoenix
RABLABS Lumino Gilded Coasters
Agate coasters trimmed in 24 karat gold? Uh, yes please! We can’t think of a more luxurious way to protect the coffee table from juice box leaks and sippy cup condensation rings. These also have rubber stoppers on the bottom to prevent slips and spills. ($175; shopbop.com)
FRENDS Wireless Headphones
These wireless over-the-ear headphones from FRENDS are gorgeous and perfect for a mom who loves to listen to tunes, audio books, or podcasts while she goes about her day. ($278; wearefrends.com)
Diptyque Mimosa Candle
Paris perfumer Diptyque is famous for being masterful with scents, which means mom is guaranteed to love this one. Treat her to a luxury candle, and all the relaxing times that come with it. ($35; diptyqueparis.com)
Who says security blankets are just for toddlers? This supersoft Angel Fleece Throw conveniently stashes into its own pillowcase, so you can cut down on clutter and keep it free of juice stains or cat hair. (Lands' End, $50; landsend.com)
"I wish they made clothes out of this material, it's so soft."
—Stephanie Wood mom of Matilda, 13, Anthony, 11, and Charlie, 7, Blauvelt, NY
Cozy but lightweight (and machine-washable!), these Soft Soles wool slippers might inspire a little waltz around the kitchen. In blue and green.*
"They look like trendy ballet slippers. And they're not embarrassing to greet the UPS guy in."
—Debbie Skolnik, Parenting staffer mom of Clara, 8, and Genie, 4
*This product is no longer available. Due to the inconvenience, Dearfoams is offering Parenting readers a 20% discount off of their order on www.dearfoams.com. Please use code DFPM20 when placing your order. This code is good until December 31, 2008. Similar styles from the Soft Soles collection are available online—styles SF320, SF321 and SF304.
This elegant mini-shaker holds just the right amount for a nightcap. We suggest adding Stirrings's preservative-free mixers and fancy sugar garnishes to your liquor of choice. They're delish, and can make up to ten drinks a bottle. (Crate & Barrel Mini Cocktail Shaker, $10, crateand barrel.com; mixers and garnishes, $10 and $5, Whole Foods stores or stirrings.com)
"The shaker is perfect for one drink, and it's easy to clean. And the mixers are tasty."
— Tonia King, mom of Gaeble, 12 and Greer, 9, Lake Stevens, WA